The intestinal wall serves as an essential barrier and front with respect to the human immune system. Numerous foods and nutrients have clinically demonstrated an ability to alter the size of the tight junctions that lie between the epithelial cells which comprise the brush border. The size of these gap junctions ultimately determines the level of permeability allowed by the gut wall.
Both dietary ingredients and microbial populations play pivotal roles in the maintenance of brush border mucosal integrity and tight junction configurations. Discover how the intestinal environment and dietary patterns influence the challenges presented to the immune system and the level to which specific proteins enter circulation.
Key words: zonulin, occluding, tight junction, gap junction, mucosal, commensal, SCFAs
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